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WARCRAFT will have “heroes on all sides”

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In life, there are always certainties. Death, taxes and video game movies being downright terrible. On the rare occasion that such a film is good, like say Silent Hill, there are a dozen Double Dragon movies with Mark Dacascos to tilt the Yin balance of those adaptations firmly into the Yang of box office bombs. But there’s always some vague hope that the next adaptation will actually be not kak.

That’s where WarCraft comes in. It’s the pride and joy of Blizzard, the franchise that they used to make a name for themselves. It’s also a series of games with an absolutely immense lore, a history that spans decades and isn;t just a simple case of good versus evil. While it’s downright impossible to condense twenty years of the massive conflict between Humans, Orcs, Elves and cover art from an Iron Maiden tour, the themes present in those tales are something else.

For the film itself, both Orc and Human factions will be in the spotlight, because everyone is the hero of their own story. “What Blizzard has always done well is draw from things that we feel like we know very well, whether J.R.R. Tolkein, Marvel Comics or Star Wars, and synthesize those and turn them into something new,” WarCraft director Duncan Jones said at PAX East 2016 panel via Polygon.

Warcraft will introduce the idea of heroes on all sides. It’s two different perspectives on a conflict and a war that’s unavoidable.

Draka

In the lore of the game, it was a dark portal between the Orc homeland of Draenor that brought them to the Human-dominated world of Azeroth. Draenor itself is described as a land of “magma and metal, stone and steam” in the game lore. But the Orcs who inhabit, aren’t exactly monsters. “One of the first shots is a lingering close-up of Durotan as he watches his wife sleep,” Ogrim actor Robert Kazinsky said as he referred to Draka, warrior-mate of Durotan.

Those 10 seconds is all it takes for the audience to melt into his eyes and say, ‘Yes, I get who this character is,’ and not see him as a monster. There’s an inherent joy in this film because so many of us are gamers. We’re telling the story in the way that it’s meant to be told, but there still are a lot of fun little moments.

Jones also added that the language of the Orcs will include plenty of verbal terms from the World of WarCraft glossary, while the rest of their language has been put together by a linguistics expert from Game of Thrones. “We kept coming to experts to ask for help and finding out they were big-time Warcraft players,” Jones said.

WarCraft is finally out on June 10. Remember to take a horde with you as you charge into the cinema.

 

Last Updated: April 26, 2016

29 Comments

  1. From what I’ve seen, this movie looks awful.

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 14:54

      Do explain?

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      • RinceThis

        April 26, 2016 at 15:01

        Just looks cheaply done.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 26, 2016 at 15:07

          Hmmmm just like JJs make up

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          • RinceThis

            April 26, 2016 at 15:10

            Ohhhhh! He spends a lot of time on that, be nice!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 26, 2016 at 15:31

            XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 15:20

            Good point, also, 10 points

        • Darren Peach

          April 26, 2016 at 15:57

          Cheaply done ? Ok.

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      • Kerrits

        April 26, 2016 at 15:38

        Choose one:
        Pocahontas the Orc.
        Dances with Orcs
        Avatar in Lordaeron

        The Warcraft I played wasn’t some “with love we can overcome all” type of story.

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        • Darren Peach

          April 26, 2016 at 16:15

          The Warcraft you played used slapstick humour.

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 28, 2016 at 07:11

          LOOOOOOL

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    • Strawman Jim

      April 27, 2016 at 12:32

      Yep, and that makes me feel sad inside…

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  2. Original Heretic

    April 26, 2016 at 14:45

    I have a dream that this movie will turn out ok. At least watchable.

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  3. RinceThis

    April 26, 2016 at 14:56

    Trev, OvG and I watched the trailer last weekend. To say this movie looks CGI terrible is under cutting how bad it looks. I’d rather watch Dudes and Dragons than this.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 26, 2016 at 15:08

      Can’t be worse than Ghostbusters?

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      • RinceThis

        April 26, 2016 at 15:10

        We don’t talk about that (we also watched that trailer MEH).

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      • Darren Peach

        April 26, 2016 at 16:12

        With the cast, It could be funny as hell. I reserve my judgement untill it eventually comes on to TV and there is not much else to watch. The only reason I am not that keen is cause it’s a remake of a film I have watched far too many times. Even if they got the OG cast back ( a feat that is impossible as Harold Ramis is dead ) It still would think it’s a terrible Idea. It belongs in our youth, nostalgia and all. Having said that, Malissa Mcarthy is very funny and highly entertaining.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 26, 2016 at 16:26

          I guess…

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 26, 2016 at 15:14

      FOR THE HOOORP!

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      • RinceThis

        April 26, 2016 at 15:23

        You’re getting no roast!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          April 26, 2016 at 15:39

          You shut up! Nice glow stick.

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          • RinceThis

            April 26, 2016 at 15:43

            It’s perfectly acceptable in some cultures!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 26, 2016 at 15:50

            It’s so CGI it’s basically TRANS-ORCMERS!

            Why didn’t I think of that sooner!?

    • Darren Peach

      April 26, 2016 at 16:04

      I honestly hate it when folks who know nothing about CG comment on how terrible it looks. Want to see bad CG, Watch The Scorpion King. I for one was seriously impressed with the CG, but I also know that the producers were very conscious of avoiding a Lord of the Rings lookalike. Judging by your comment, I think they at least got this right.

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  4. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 26, 2016 at 15:29

    To be read in your best Radio sonder mense voice:

    “Kom ons hoop dat hierdie film nie ook in dieselfde lokval trap wat dit soos ‘n stomende hoop poef, waarin iemand hulle self alreeds bevind het nie, laat lyk nie…”

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  5. GooseZA

    April 26, 2016 at 15:37

    LOK’TAR OGAR!!

    Can’t wait for this. Really hope it turns out ok.

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